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Stephen Piepgrass is an associate at Troutman Sanders, in the firm’s Consumer Financial Services group with a primary focus in the Enforcement Actions & Investigations and the State Attorneys General practices where he represents clients interacting with and being investigated by state Attorneys General and other enforcement bodies.
Piepgrass primarily represents and advises clients in a variety of industries and government entities, including consumer financial services entities involved in legal and administrative proceedings and investigations. He also handles appellate cases and has appeared on brief in appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Virginia, and in various courts reviewing administrative decisions.
Piepgrass previously served on the Board of Strategies to Elevate People (STEP), a group that works with underprivileged youth and families primarily in Gilpin Court.
As the President and Founder of Hermitage Wealth Management, Inc., Cory is a driving force behind the firm’s vision to promote a higher standard of financial planning for the betterment of society.
A lifetime academic, Cory earned his B.B.A. from James Madison University in 1999 and earned the C(k)P™ designation through The Retirement Advisor University (TRAU) at UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. TRAU is the first retirement planning certification program associated with a nationally recognized institution of higher learning. There he was instructed by both world class UCLA faculty members and many of the most accomplished financial advisors and industry experts in the retirement plan industry, specifically selected for their demonstrated expertise in the corporate retirement plan management field.
In 2016 Cory completed his graduate degree, a Masters of Finance, Personal Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning where he researched advanced planning concepts with renowned faculty and subject matter experts.
With a strong commitment to his community, Hoffer actively supports numerous charitable organizations. He and his wife, Janine, reside in Manakin Sabot, Virginia, and spend most of their time rearing three wonderful children.
Stacy Ruble began her grants career in 1995 as a grants administrator for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Since then she has written and reviewed hundreds of grants for state, federal, and foundations. Currently she owns a grant consulting business, providing grant writing and prospecting services for clients, and conducting grant training across the country. In her previous job at the state sexual and domestic violence coalition, she successfully wrote and conducted a statewide grant promoting access to sexual and domestic violence services for people with disabilities.
Ruble has an MS in Family Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a BA in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Darrel Tillar Mason is an attorney in private practice who focuses her practice on assisting families of children with special needs gain appropriate educational services from local school divisions. Over her thirty five year plus legal career, she has had numerous gubernatorial appointments, as well as appointments by the Supreme Court of Virginia to councils and commissions dealing with issues affecting public education, civil rights, and the practice of law. She has been recognized by the disAbility Law Center of Virginia for her effective advocacy, by the Virginia State Bar for outstanding service, by the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia PTA for championing teachers and counselors and by the Virginia Diversity Conference for her support of civil rights.
Darrel has authored books, monographs and articles on a variety of legal topics and has presented legal seminars sponsored by the state bars of a half dozen states.
Darrel earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She has served multiple terms on the Distinguished Alumni Board at Virginia Tech and the Dean’s Council at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a Past President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.
Dr. Gewanter is a pediatrician and pediatric rheumatologist who has practiced in Richmond, Virginia for almost three decades. A graduate of Duke University and Wayne State University Medical School, he received his general pediatric and pediatric rheumatology training at the University of Rochester. He has been actively involved in national, state and local professional, community, and disability organizations. These have included the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the national American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children with Disabilities, a variety of volunteer positions within the national and Mid-Atlantic Region Arthritis Foundation, and the first Walter E. Bundy, Jr Clinical Professor of Community Pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia. As a result of both his personal and professional interests and experiences, his practice has evolved over the years into primarily caring for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs.
Beyond personally advocating for his patients, Gewanter helped co-found Medical Home Plus, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that provides information, support and referrals for families of children and youth with any disability. One of its primary activities is working with families who are having difficulties working with their school system. Since three of his four children had IEPs, he lived through the many challenges parents and children with disabilities or chronic health problems face within the public school system. These experiences have resulted in a desire to help other families undergo fewer difficulties than those of his children and family.
Todd Ratner is a lawyer practicing in Richmond, Virginia. Todd runs his own law firm, Todd Ratner PLC, which practices in two distinct areas: (1) securities industry advice and counsel; and (2) special education disputes. In his securities industry practice, Todd represents wirehouses, regional firms, independent broker-dealers, bank broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, and individuals involved with the securities industry in litigation, arbitration, and regulatory actions. In his special education practice, Todd represents students with disabilities and their parents who need assistance securing the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under the law. Todd strongly believes that appropriate education is essential for children to reach their potential and secure a bright future.
Dr. Kathy Matthews is the Executive Director of Education at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, Virginia. In this capacity, Matthews maintains affiliations with the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. She also serves as the CABAS® Senior Behavior Analyst at Faison overseeing educational services, research, new program development, training, and outreach. Matthews currently holds an Adjunct teaching position at Teachers College and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Matthews obtained her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Teachers College Columbia University where she also taught courses and mentored graduate students. While in New York, Matthews worked as an ABA Program Supervisor at The Fred S. Keller School and Shema Kolainu. She also served as a Licensed Teacher for the BOCES program in NY and as a Behavior Analyst Consultant to the CABAS® home programs and to the Jigsaw School in Surrey, England. Further, Matthews conducted numerous presentations at professional conferences and has been involved in research since 2001 on the topics of Verbal Behavior, Metaphor, Teacher Training, Peer Tutoring, and CABAS® Systems.
Steve Peterson is a 25-year resident of Richmond. He is a Synapse member and a hub member at both dlCV and Richmond Justice Initiative.
Colleen Miller has served as the Executive Director of Virginia’s Protection and Advocacy System since 2003. When the P & A was the state agency “VOPA,” Miller managed the organization of 25 -30 staff through notable legal victories. Most significant was the US Supreme Court decision, VOPA v. Stewart, in 2011, that established the agency’s right to sue to obtain specific confidential information from the state about abuse allegations. In 2012 and 2013, she lead the agency through a smooth transition out of state government to private nonprofit status, the disAbility Law Center of Virginia.
Prior to her work in Virginia, Miller was the Legal Director of the New Mexico Protection and Advocacy System. A cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Miller began her legal career as an Honors Program staff attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. She was a trial attorney in the Special Litigation section and a senior trial attorney in the Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act (now the Disability Rights Section) at DOJ.
Miller is a frequent presenter on disability rights topics at national and state conferences. She was honored as one of Virginia’s “most influential women” in 2013.